last update 30.9.2004

General information

  The 8th European Conference on Thermoelectrics was held in Kraków 15-17th September 2004. The meeting was hosted by Faculty of Material Science and Ceramics and Faculty of Physics and Nuclear Techniques of the AGH University of Science and Technology. The conference took place at the main building of the Faculty of Physics and Nuclear Techniques AGH (street: Reymonta 19).



List of Abstracts


Photos from the Conference




Scope of the conference

   The workshop covered all aspects of thermoelectrics, including:

  • Thermoelectric materials (bulk materials, thin films and heterostructures, conductive polymers, preparation and processing techniques, characterization of chemical and physical properties, degradation of thermoelectric materials)

  • Applications (cooling and heat pumping, electric power generation, systems containing thermoelectric components, environmental applications)

  • Basic aspects of thermoelectricity (ab initio methods in investigations of transport properties, theoretical description of real thermoelectrics
    - alloying, defects, impurities; novel approaches and applications, etc.)

  • Measurement techniques (ZT-meters, thermal conductivity, electrical properties of materials etc.)

  The scientific program was including parallel oral and poster sessions. Short abstracts were published in the Abstract Book and all papers were collected into the Articles Book. The working language of the Meeting was English.

International Advisory Committee

H. Boettner (Freiburg) 

B. Coqblin (Orsay) 

M. Fedorov (St. Petersburg) 

A. Lambrecht (Freiburg)

A. Malecki (Krakow) 

E. Mueller (Koeln) 

D. M. Rowe (Cardiff) 

M. A. Sanz-Bobi (Madrid) 

H. Scherrer (Nancy)


Local Organizing Committee

K. Wojciechowski (co-chairman)

J. Tobola (co-chairman)

J. Leszczynski J. Cieslak
K. Mars

Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics

Faculty of Physics and Nuclear Techniques


   The workshop website at http://galaxy.uci.agh.edu.pl/~ets2004 will be the primary and most up-to-date source for information about the scientific program and all practical arrangements. In case of any other questions please contact us.


This is the planed meeting programme. More details will be given after completing participants registration. Some of the program details can be changed before the workshop












Welcome Session

Working Sessions

Working Sessions


Coffee Break

Coffee Break


Working Sessions

Working Sessions





Working Sessions

Working Sessions



Coffee break

Coffee break


Working Sessions


 Concluding remarks - End of workshop









Conference Banquet


Passport and Visa

   Each participant is responsible for obtaining a passport and a visa when applicable. Please check with your local Polish Embassy or Consulate whitch documents are required (please note that due to the EU extension in 2004 the procedure can be modified). Please contact the Organizing Committee in advance if the invitation letter is required

Abstracts and Papers

  The abstracts list is now available. LIST OF ABSTRACTS


  The abstract should be written on one A4 page. It should be typed using Times 12 font leaving a 2.5 cm margin on either side and 3 cm from the top. Leave double line spacing between TITLE, author(s), affiliation(s) and text. Text should be written in single line spacing and block setting. References should be numbered in square brackets in the text as well as in the citations at the end. Graphics should only be included in black and white. The whole abstract should not exceed 100 kb.The abstract should be sent as attached document by e-mail to:
The deadline for the submission of abstracts will be April 30, 2004.
The acceptance of the submitted papers will be communicated to the presenting author by e-mail.

Full Papers

   Full papers will be collected into the Articles Book. For each presentation a manuscript should be prepared as a camera-ready hard copy. Papers should be submitted on the first day of the conference at time of registration. Properly formatted manuscript should not exceed 6 pages for poster and oral presentations. Materials submitted for publication will not be returned.

More guidelines and a sample paper.

Oral Sessions

Two parallel sessions will accommodate the oral presentations that will be presented during the meeting. Speakers are allocated 15 minutes for their presentation followed by 2-4 minutes for discussion. The total time allocated for each speaker is 20 minutes. Lecture room has two screens, one overhead projector and one data projector. Digital projector will be connected to a computer at the podium. The computer will have a CD drive, so delegates may bring a CD with their PowerPoint (ppt) file. You will be able to check your PowerPoint presentation on our computer before your session.

Poster Sessions

Posters must NOT be larger than 0.8 m (width) to 1.1 m (height).

The first poster session will be held on Wednesday, September 16. The second poster session will be on Thursday, September 17.

Participants presenting posters in the first poster session should mount their posters on the numbered boards during Wednesday, September 15 registration or at least during Thursday registration. The Registration desk will provide 3M tape and pins to mount the posters. Each poster author should be present at his poster for the duration of the poster session to explain and discuss about his/her poster. Posters can be left on the poster boards until the end of the Workshop on Friday, September 17.

Participants presenting posters of the second poster session should mount their posters on the provided boards before the Friday, September 17.


  The royal capital for half a millennium, Kraków has witnessed and absorbed more history than any other Polish city. Moreover, it came through the last war unscathed, so it has retained a wealth of old architecture from different periods. The tallest structures on Kraków's skyline are not skyscrapers but the spires of old churches, the 20th century's impact having been confined to acid rain. 

Yet Kraków is not a silent memorial to bygone events: it's a city alive with character and soul. Ringed by parkland, the Old Town is compact and utterly charming. The most important places in Krakow are the following: the Old Marketplace which is the largest medieval marketplace in Europe. Here you can find Sukiennice - Gothic shops, Kosciol Mariacki (St. Mary’ Church) with beautyful interiors. Do not miss the opportunity to hear the hourly bugle-call sounded from the tower of St. Mary's Church. Wawel is another magic place in Krakow. It is fortified hill on which you can find the Cathedral (with the tombs of the Polish Kings, and the largest Polish bell - the Zygmunt’s Bell - on the tower) and the Royal Castle with beautiful rooms. Krakow has over 140 churches and monasteries; 75 villas, aristocratic buildings with at the head of them Wawel Royal Castle, more than 600 monuments, 11 Universities and Academies, the well-known Jagiellonska library with 3 million volumes, famous theatres, nearly 100 art galleries and 50 museums; these are the numbers, if it is possible to express in numbers a town which has been classified by UNESCO one of the basic monuments of the cultural world heritage.

Besides, Krakow is an excellent point for day trips to Wieliczka Salt Mine, Aushwitz Concentration Camp and the Trail of Eagles Nests, a network of castles and castle ruins situated North of the city.

More information about Kraków:

See the map with the Workshop location



Travel Information

By plane

   The John Paul II International Airport in Balice is located 15 km (approx. 10 miles, about 30 min by bus) from the city center (city bus transportation - Bus # 152, 208 and D).

Direct connections from: London, Paris, Frankfurt, Zurich, Vienna, Budapest, Rome, Tel Aviv, Chicago and New York.

Transit via Warsaw to Cracow from: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Budapest, Cairo, Copenhagen, Damascus, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Helsinki, Hamburg, Istanbul, Kiev, Larnaca, Los Angeles, Lvov, Lyon, Miami, Mediolan, Minsk, Moscow, Munich, Nice, Oslo, Peking, Prague, Riga, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Toronto, Vilnius.

By train:  

   Krakow Glowny - the main station in Cracow located in the centre of the city. Direct international railway connections to Cracow from Austria (Vienna), the Czech Republic (Prague), Germany (Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt/M, Frankfurt/O, Leipzig), Hungary (Budapest), Rumania (Bucharest), Slovakia (Bratislava, Kosice), Ukraine (Kiev, Lvov, Odessa).

By coach: 

  Many travel agencies offer permanent coach connections between Cracow and numerous cities in Europe.

By car: 

   Krakow is located close to important roads, highways and at the crossroad of E 77 (linking the North with the South) and E 40 (linking the West with the East). One may also travel to Cracow along the A4 highway running from the West of Europe through Silesia. 



    There are a lot of hotels in Krakow offering various standards and prices. Below are some selected propositions located near the workshop place. (See the map)



Price per room per night

Distance from the place of Workshop

Logos ***

Single / 

double room

58 - 82 €

800 m

Novotel ***

Single /

double room

60 - 140 €

1400 m,

1 bus-stop

Wanda ***

Single /

double room

50 - 120 €

1600 m,

1 bus-stop

Fortuna ***

Single /

double room

70 -  100 €

1 km,

 1 bus-stop

Radisson SAS ****

Single /

double room

140 - 150 €

1800 m

1 bus-stop

Copernicus ****

Single /

double room

212 -  212 €

2 km

You can also check hotels and book a room via various internet sites:




Let us suggest to select hotels near the Stare Miasto (Old City - See the map). In order to avoid some last minute difficulties with logging the participants are requested to book a room in advance (let us note that in September there are still a lot of tourists in Krakow).

There is also possibility of accommodation in students dormitories (except Nawojka - no free rooms) placed close to conference place in single/double/triple rooms for 22/25/30 Euro per room per night:


For more information please contact us.


Download registration form. FORM.DOC FORM.TXT

Registration fees

Before 30 May

After 30 May

 Regular Participant 

220 €

270 €


150 €

200 €

 Accompanying person

170 €

220 €

*Students document required
Conference fee includes registration costs and all events listed in the Programme.

Please make payment by bank transfer to:

Bank name: BPH PBK SA O. w Krakowie
Bank address: ul. Pijarska 1, Krakow, Poland
Swift code: BPHKPLPK
Account holder: Akademia Gorniczo Hutnicza w Krakowie
Address of account holder: Al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow 
Account number: PL 78 1060 0076 0000 3200 0046 8005
  Konferencja ETS 2004  720.220.4020

Please send a confirmation by e-mail after the payment.


Information for Exhibitors

  Exhibitors are invited to display equipment, instrumentation, software, publications and services relating to thermoelectric physics and technology. Please contact the Conference Organizers.

created by J. Leszczynski